Amsterdam's compact center makes it a good city for kids, from toddlers to teenagers. The old center is hemmed in by the Ij River and Centraal Station to the north, and spreads wouth in an inticing web of medieval street and canals. A stroll on a sunny day along the canals to peer at the houseboats is a novelty for most city-dwellers, and outdoor spaces like Vondelpark, Artis Zoo and Hortus Botanicus are a breath of fresh air.
When the weather demands indoor fun there are plenty of kid-friendly museums, like the interactive Het Scheepvaartmuseum and NEMO where learning is fun. You can also spot global and local celebs at Madame Tussauds.
For children who like cycling, they'll be glad of the relatively traffic-free streets to explore on two wheels. If they're tiny enough, you can get them on a kid's seat on your own hired bike.